With a massive lead of 3 match-points over its nearest competitor Ukraine, Team China clinched the Gold medal in a dominant fashion at the World Team Chess Championship 2015. The last round saw the Chinese GMs record a comfortable 3-1 victory over India, with GM Yu Yangyi and GM Wei Yi winning their respective games. The Ukrainians had to settle for the Silver while the Armenians took Bronze.
The surprise package of the tournament proved to be Team USA as they secured a creditable 5th place with a total of 10 match-points. A comprehensive 3-1 victory over Cuba in the last round saw the Americans finish far ahead of their starting rank of 9. India, however, could only manage 7 match-points and finished 9th in the final standings.
The 8th round of the World Team Chess Championship 2015 turned out to be quite eventful with U.S.A. surprising overnight joint-leaders Ukraine 2.5-1.5, thanks to GM Lenderman’s crucial win over GM Ivanchuk. The other overnight leader – China – took full advantage of this unexpected result as a 3-1 victory over the Cubans propelled the Chinese into sole lead ahead of the final round.
Meanwhile, the Indians had a tough day as they went down to Armenia 1.5-2.5, with yesterday’s hero GM Vidit (IND) losing to GM Melkumyan (ARM) in the decisive encounter. With this loss, India’s Bronze hopes have vanished.
Going into the last round, only China and Ukraine have a chance at Gold, while as many as 5 (!) teams are in a race for the Bronze. The Final round starts at 11 am local time (i.e. 12:30 pm IST or 7 am GMT).
The seventh round of the World Team Chess Championship 2015 proved to be the most exciting round of the tournament so far, with as many as four matches resulting in 2.5-1.5 while the clash of the leaders – China vs Ukraine – finishing in a 2-2 draw.
In the match of the leaders, GM Ivanchuk (UKR) scored a win over GM Yu Yangyi (CHN) but GM Bu Xiangzhi (CHN) struck back with a victory over GM Eljanov (UKR). With the other two games ending in draws, the match was drawn 2-2.
The battle of the heavyweights – Russia vs Armenia – ended in a narrow victory for the 3rd-seeded Armenians, thanks to GM Sargissian’s crucial win against GM Sergey Karjakin. This loss has pushed the Russians to the 8th spot in the ranking crosstable.
Indians, meanwhile, overcame a strong challenge as they beat the in-form Cubans 2.5-1.5, courtesy of GM Vidit’s important victory over GM Ortiz Suarez. The Americans also achieved quite a similar feat with a narrow 2.5-1.5 win over Israel. On the other hand, Hungary finally reversed its fortunes with a rather close victory against the inspired Egyptian team.
After 7 rounds, Ukraine and China lead jointly with 11 points while 5 teams (!) are tied for the second spot with 7 points each.
The sixth round of the World Team Chess Championship 2015 saw the overnight leaders Ukraine and China maintain their lead as they narrowly overcame Cuba and Israel respectively. Both – Cuba and Israel – were pretty much on the heels of the two overnight leaders and as such, today’s victories by Ukraine and China over the former teams have pushed the leading duo further ahead of the pack.
Meanwhile, the Russians continued their upsurgence with a 2.5-1.5 victory over India. Super GM Sergey Karjakin scored the decisive win for Russia as he beat GM Sethuraman in a 56-move Ruy Lopez battle.
In other matches, Hungary and Armenia split points whereas U.S.A. registered it’s first win of the tournament with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Egypt.
The 7th round will feature the hugely crucial match-up Ukraine vs China while Armenia will take on Russia in the battle of the heavyweights.
The leaders spot at the World Team Chess Championship 2015 changed hands again as overnight leaders Cuba narrowly lost to Israel while Ukraine and China won their respective matches to take up the lead after Round 5.
In the Ukraine vs India encounter, GM Yuriy Kryvoruchko’s win over GM Krishnan Sasikiran proved decisive as the rest of the games finished in draws. While the China vs Egypt match-up was expected to be an easy one for China, the Egyptians made the matters really close as GM Samy Shoker stunned GM Yu Yangyi. In the end, the Chinese won by a narrow 2.5-1.5 margin, courtesy of the victories by Ding Liren and Wei Yi. The same scoreline was also witnessed in the Armenia vs U.S.A. encounter, with the Armenians coming out on top.
Top seeds Russia, meanwhile, registered their first match win of the tournament en route to a thumping 3.5-0.5 win over Hungary.
The Indian team registered a couple of important match-points as Harikrishna and Co. narrowly beat the strong Hungarian team. With the top 3 games ending in draws, GM Vidit Gujrathi’s fantastic win over the creative GM Richard Rapport proved decisive.
The clash of the big guns – China vs Armenia – saw the Chinese team trounce Armenia 3.5-0.5 with GM Levon Aronian managing the lone half point for the Armenians. In another important match-up, Ukraine defeated overnight joint-leaders Israel 2.5-1.5. With this result, Israel descended to the 2nd spot in the rankings table while the Cubans took up the sole lead following a comfortably 3-1 victory over Egypt.
Meanwhile, Russia’s woes continued as the 9th-seeded U.S.A. team held the top seeds to a 2-2 draw, thanks to GM Daniel Naroditsky’s (U.S.A.) crucial win over GM Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS).
The men from Cuba registered their second consecutive upset victory as they overcame 3rd seeds Armenia in the 3rd round of the World Team Chess Championship 2015. GMs Bruzon and Quesada scored the full points for Cuba while GM Dominguez (CUB) held GM Aronian (ARM) to ensure the Cubans a 2.5-1.5 victory. Meanwhile, the giant encounter between China and Russia resulted in a draw with all the four games ending peacefully.
Overnight leaders India had a tough day as Israel comprehensively beat them 3.5-0.5. Only GM Harikrishna’s draw against GM Gelfand saved India the blushes.
After 3 rounds, Israel and Cuba lead the rest with 5 Match-points.
The second round of the World Team Chess Championship 2015 produced a major upset as 8th seeds Cuba stunned top seeds Russia 2.5-1.5 to hand the Russians their second loss on the trot. GM Dominguez scored the winner for Cuba by defeating World No. 5 GM Grischuk in a rather long game.
In another surprising turn of events, Egypt held Israel to a 2-2 draw with GM Samy Shoker scoring the full point for the Egyptians. Meanwhile, the battle of the heavyweights – Ukraine vs Armenia – resulted in a narrow victory for Armenia courtesy of GM Aronian’s victory over GM Ponomariov.
The India-U.S.A. and Hungary-China matches followed a peaceful path with all the games in each of the matches ending in draws. In fact, as many as 16 games out of 20 played in this round resulted in draws.
It is not often that you see the top two seeds locking horns in the first round of a tournament. But in the opening round of the World Team Chess Championship 2015, top seeds Russia took on 2nd seeds Ukraine, with the latter team managing a 2.5-1.5 victory over their arch-rivals. Amongst other notable results, Israel narrowly overcame the strong Armenian team.
Meanwhile, India, who were expected to have a relatively easy outing against the Egyptians, suffered a setback when IM Ezat Mohamed (EGY) stunned GM Sethuraman (IND). However, the rest of the Indian players defeated their respective opponents and led India to a 3-1 victory.
The World Team Chess Championship 2015 will be held at Tsakhkadzor, Armenia from April 19 to April 28. 10 national teams from all over the world will battle it out in this 9 round all-play-all event for the coveted title of ‘World Team Champion’. Aronian, Grischuk, Gelfand, Karjakin, Ivanchuk, Harikrishna are some of the many top GMs who will make their presence felt at Tsakhkadzor.
The following teams will be competing:
Each team will consist of 4 players, 1 reserve player and 1 captain. Team India is being represented by GM Sethuraman, GM Harikrishna, GM Vidit, GM Sasikiran and GM Sengupta. Meanwhile, Russia has fielded an all-2700+ team spearheaded by World No. 5 GM Alexander Grischuk.
The first round will commence on 19th April at 3 pm local time and 4:30 pm IST.